Oct 29, 2013
Yesterday I wrote about using mindfulness to deal with the craving for tobacco. By coincidence, an old friend, Sagaracitta, has recently published an article on the same topic. It’s a long article, but it contains this handy suggestion for smoking with mindfulness (which I’ve slightly edited).
- Scan through your body. Make a note of how you are feeling. Then contact your breath.
- Without altering your breath, just be aware of three full cycles of your breathing.
- Look at your cigarette packet. Read any warning labels. Just be aware of it.
- Be aware of one full cycle of your breath. Notice any feelings that
Oct 28, 2013
When I was teaching meditation at the University of Montana I had a student called Connie who was very concerned about her smoking habit. In my youth I sometimes used to smoke roll-ups at parties and I sometimes even bought tobacco so I could make my own and not be cadging from other people all the time, but I never got addicted and so I had no experience I could share about giving up the evil weed. But I do encourage people to be mindful, and so I suggested that she really pay attention to the sensations and mental patterns that arose each time she was smoking a cigarette. It seemed …